Council employee wanted to save millions of pounds

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 November 2010

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A SEARCH is on to find someone who can help North Somerset Council save more than £40million over the next four years.

The unitary authority is offering an annual salary of up to £62,000 for the commercial and contracts manager role, which is being advertised nationally.

It comes after the council announced anticipated savings targets of £42million over the next four years in the face of Government cut-backs.

The successful candidate will be expected to find cheaper, alternative ways to deliver services across the district.

Executive member for finance and human resources, Councillor Tony Lake, called the appointment ‘key’ despite current austerity.

He said: “It might seem strange that at a time when we are working hard to reduce costs across the council, that we are seeking to make a new senior management appointment.

“Let me make it very clear. The successful candidate will make significant savings across our portfolio of contracts way in excess of their salary.

“For an organisation of our size, and one that will increasingly be looking to the private sector to assist us in the delivery of services, it is absolutely essential that we get the best value and quality from our commercial arrangements.”

In the job advertisement, the council says the candidate should have considerable commercial business experience.

He or she should be able to deliver significant savings while ensuring contract management arrangements are robust and effective.

The council hopes to make an appointment in the New Year.

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